Extended Curfew for Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Government will implement a curfew for all three Islands from 7pm tonight (Wednesday, 25 March 2020) until 5am, Saturday, 28 March.
The extension of curfew measures prohibiting movement outside the home by all but essential personnel, comes in the interest of the public health and the welfare of the community. Health officials also today reported that another two persons, both with travel history, have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Urging Caymanians and residents to strictly abide by the curfew, Premier Alden McLaughlin, said the decision to extend the curfew was taken as an immediate solution in the interest of the health and welfare of the community, to suppress transmission of COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
Officials are still working out the details of a shelter in place order as the initial number of requests for exemption (850 requests for a total of 20,000 workers) would have negated the public health benefits of such an exercise. A list of all currently exempted persons can be found on www.gov.ky/coronavirus.
During the curfew period Government will continue to develop the details of a shelter in place order, allowing reasonable movement of persons for essential activities such as access to supermarkets, pharmacies, banks or exercise in groups of one or two. A plan is expected to be presented to the community later this week.
“We understand how restrictive the current measure is and fully appreciate the impact it will have on people and on economic activity”, commented His Excellency, the Governor Martyn Roper, “but we believe it is absolutely necessary given the public health emergency the world is facing”.
Premier McLaughlin concluded on a hopeful note, “With our borders having been locked since last Sunday, if our strategy is successful in suppressing community spread, in a matter of a few weeks we may be able to relax these restrictions and return to some level of normalcy”.
RCIPS will actively be enforcing the curfew, and has already implemented significant community patrols. Anyone with enquiries as to whether they are an essential business and how they can be so designated should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government’s daily press briefings will continue through the extended curfew to provide vital information to the community.
Categories for Curfew Exempt Organizations
These are the ten categories under which curfew exemptions may be granted. Organizations must request official exemption by emailing CurfewTime@gov.ky.
1. All Emergency and Essential Service, including
o Police and Licenced Security Services
o Prison Service
o Customs and Border Control
o Department of Environmental Health and
o Island Waste Carriers
o Cleaners at Medical facilities and Isolation Centres
o Emergency Medical including HSA, Health City, Doctors Hospital, Medical Testing Laboratories & Ambulance Services
o Doctor’s Offices for Personal Emergency care
o Dept. Environment- Marine Enforcement Unit
o MRCU – spraying and mosquito control only
o DCFS – Emergency Social Work only
o Weather Service
o CIAA – to facilitate runway works
o Island Paving
o DVES – Emergency Vehicles service only
o NEOC Members
o Ministers and Members of Cabinet and Legislative Assembly
Premiers Office Staff
Cabinet Office Portfolio
Office of Public Prosecution
Attorney General Chambers
2. Utilities and Infrastructure, namely:
o Port Authority
o Water Authority
o Cayman Water Co.
o Cayman Brac Power & Light
3. Food & Medical Distributors – Staff for shipping/receiving/ and Warehouse processing only
o GROCERY STORES – to stock/store perishable goods only
o Uncle Clem's Distributors
o Heston Ltd.
o Maedac Supply Ltd.
o Cayman Distributors
o IslandWide Distributors
4. Transportation/Shipping - Delivery of Food and Medical supplies ONLY
o CAL Cargo
o Thompson Shipping
o Hydes Shipping
o Lemmie’s Trucking
o Tropical Shipping
5. Food Vendors & Restaurants
o Mise En Place ( food for students in isolation)
o Restaurants with Existing Delivery services & Contracted Delivery Providers – NO DRIVE THRU
o Order takers/cooks/delivery people
6. Charity Organisation
o Meals On Wheels
o Cayman Crisis Centre
o Jasmine Hospice
o Feed our Future – and other Meal delivery for Feeding Students
7. Specialist Care for Elderly/Vulnerable
o AAA Home care
o Caring Hands Cayman
o Cayman Care Direct
o Gold Heart Caregivers
o Pines Retirement Home, and others
8. Emergency Veterinary Services
o Island Vet
o Kman Vet
o Cayman Animal Hospital
o Cayman Mobile Pets
9. Animals in Captivity
o Livestock Farmers
o Equine Centers
o Turtle Centre
o Dolphin Cove/ Dolphin Discovery
o Animal House – (animal care only)
o Dept Agriculture – Impound Facility
o Humane Society ( PAWS & CARE)
o Cayman Pet Paradise (pet care only)
o In line of duty only
For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks